On April 25th Hamanasi celebrated the Gran Opening of the Singanga Restaurant and 15 years anniversary. We had the special presence of The Minister of Tourism Honorable Manuel Heredia and other Belizean VIPs, as well as performances from Lirahuna Satuye Dance Club – Garifuna drumming & dancings, music by Omolewa Osain – steel band and Emilio a local Garifuna artist with his acoustic guitar singing paranda. The Minister praised Hamanasi as a perfect example of sustainable tourism that they wish to promote in Belize. Belize Channel 5 News Cast and Love FM were there, as well as the representatives from Belize Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).
The Cocktail reception started at 4pm and delicious hor d’oeuvres, rum punch, beer and wine were being served complimentary. A caricature artist was present and drawing for all guests and staff so they had a fun souvenir. At 6pm we hosted a private sunset wine and cheese reception on the viewing deck where floating biodegradable “wishing lanterns” were released.
All guests received a Mayan gift basket filled with organic Belizean chocolate truffles made in Hopkins, a Hamanasi canoe keychain and a slate coaster with a Singanga (dragonfly) carved in it. Mrs. Dana Krauskoph one of Hamanasi founders gave a speech highlighting the accomplishment of the Great House, as well as thanking our key stakeholders who helped us through the years by connecting it to our 3 Core Values: Community, Staff & Guest. Dana called out several staff members including Marcia Nunez (Executive Chef), Thomas Morgan (Grounds), Sam Noralez (PADI Dive Instructor) who have been with us since we opened 15 years ago.